‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.



Stepwise Overview


The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

MSI Introduces Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX Graphics Card

All devotees of mini-ITX PC systems now can enjoy the privileges of innovative graphics solutions with a remarkable Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX adapter. The new-comer features 170x120x35 mm dimensions only and fits any modern small-sized chassis. It is based on AMD Curacao XT GPU that boasts 1280 stream processors and offers nominal, as well as overclocked operational frequencies. The card supports the latest DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 standards, in addition to the bunch of AMD’s proprietary technologies (i.e. Eyefinity, Mantle, PowerTune, Stream, CrossFireX, PowerPlay, HD3D, etc.).



MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX is able to demonstrate three different operational modes: Silent, Gaming, OC. The nominal clock frequency in all modes makes up 1030 MHz, however during overclocking this index rises up to 1050 MHz – Silent mode, 1070 MHz – Gaming mode, and 1080 MHz – OC mode. The GPU is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface); it runs at 1400 MHz/5600 MHz …

MSI is preparing new model - Radeon HD 7970 with a water-block

The well-known in IT-maker Company MSI announced about appearance of new videoadapter based on GPU Tahiti XT chipset. Its diversity from the other Radeon HD 7970 can be seen with the naked eye, instead of an air cooler practically the entire surface of the PCB is covered with waterblock brand EK. It differs markedly from the original version, since it is designed specifically for the MSI R7970 Lightning model. Relation of adapter to the Lightning series is easily determined by the inscription at the interface connector PCI-E 3.0 x16, as well as non-standard set of video outputs (2x DVI, 4x Mini DisplayPort) and configuration of additional power connectors (2x PCI-E Power 8-pin).



Obviously, the accelerator is positioned as the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and has a nominal frequency of at least 1050 MHz. Will MSI risk, like Sapphire did, and provide the card with 6 GB of memory? Probably not. The «advanced» composition of the printed circuit board and water block of full coverage …
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